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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-08-2019, 02:56 AM  
Speedwell
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 7
Views: 126
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-10-2019, 12:52 PM  
Ballet Framed twice
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 39
Views: 537
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-07-2018, 04:23 AM  
Pentax Super A Aperture priority problem
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 7
Views: 674
Take the lens off, look into the camera lens mount, on the right hand side about 2 'o' clock is a small lever, with your finger you should be able to move this down to about 4 'o' clock, it should then spring back up of it's own accord. Quite often the ring that this lever is attached to suffers with dried up lubrication, a couple of tiny drops of oil in the gap between the ring and the mount should free it off.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-18-2018, 03:06 AM  
Using flash with mechanical bodies
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 12
Views: 1,389
Nobody seems to have mentioned sync speed. On the SV shutter dial you will se an "X" marked between 30 and 60, this is the fastest shutter speed that you can use with flash connected to the X socket. You can use slower speeds but using a shutter speed faster than "X" will give you an incomplete frame. edit .....(whoops, sorry Stevebrot, I now see that you mentioned this in your post)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-17-2018, 08:51 AM  
Possible Mirror, Viewfinder or winding problem
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 6
Views: 1,014
Definitely a case of sticky shutter, the original lubrication has dried up and is now slowing the shutter.. If the shutter doesn't close with the right amount of force then the mirror is not triggered to return to its down position. Poking it with your fingers won't help and could cause more damage. It will be quite an extensive strip down and therefore an expensive repair, may be cheaper to look for another camera.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-06-2018, 01:04 PM  
UV/Haze filters
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 16
Views: 1,524
The glass in lenses does block some of the UV but not all of it and the bit that gets through can be enough to shift the colour balance, some old lenses that had elements cemented together with Canada Balsam block UV completely but more modern lens adhesive do pass UV. If you shine a UV torch (flashlight)through a lens then you can demonstrate this quite easily.

I have read that a UV filter is only needed at high altitude or at the seaside as that is when high levels of UV are most prevalent,but not sure about that.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-04-2018, 12:39 PM  
Exposure meter died so.......
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 7
Views: 783
Penpusher, check your private mail !
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-22-2018, 07:17 AM  
Pentax K2 case
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 7
Views: 721
It will be difficult if you don't have the bodies to fit. As far as I can remember the bottom half of the K series have slightly different cutouts on the back depending on the model, the SP models all seemed to have a cutout just to accomodate the viewfinder. The early S series (SV, S1a etc) have a press stud connecting the two case halves, all later models had a connector that had to be rotated to disengage.

There are differences in the colour of the velvet lining but I don't know if this can be really used for identifying the model.
It may not be relevant but all the cases I have found from the spotmatic and later have a letter embossed on the bottom half of the case just below the connector, these are as follows:

K2 "K"
SP II "N"
ME super "I"
MX "K"

On the M series the same letter is also embossed on the top half of the case. It could be useful if other forum members could add to this list then perhaps we could determine if this is a model or a batch marking.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-21-2018, 11:27 AM  
Pentax K2 case
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 7
Views: 721
I have now seen a picture of the K2 case and realise that it's a bit of an unusual design, however after delving about in my collection I came across an SPII case top and it fits, not perfectly but certainly good enough until I manage to get the correct one, even the velvet lining is the same colour. I don't normally use an ER case but as my K2 is a lovely black one in near mint condition I don't want it sliding about in the car without some protection.

Incidentally I also found that complete case from a Chinon CX is an extremely good fit on the K2 and it hasn't got any makers name on the front, the tripod screw is about 3mm offset but that can easily be fixed by removing the screw, elongating the hole and refitting.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-20-2018, 11:27 AM  
Pentax K2 case
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 7
Views: 721
I have a K2 with the bottom half of the ever ready case, I am wondering if the top half of a K1000 case might fit as one of these might be easier to find.
Has anybody tried this combination ?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-19-2018, 11:25 AM  
ME Super wind lever problems
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 7
Views: 1,297
Any Silicon spray should be used with extreme caution, it's ok on mechanical parts but it is almost impossible to get Silicon off of any glass surfaces without using some very harsh cleaning substances.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-17-2018, 05:05 AM  
Sound when turning filter thread
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 9
Views: 595
Common problem, simply dry threads. Apply a very tiny amount of Vaseline to the filter thread, screw it onto the lens then remove it and wipe off any excess from the filter and the lens thread. Enough lubricant will remain at the bottom of the threads to prevent the noise and make fitting and removal much easier.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-25-2017, 11:59 AM  
Refconverter M, modification
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 4
Views: 815
The one you show in the picture looks more like the M, if you look at the link in my first post you can see the two side by side.
There may well be some optical difference but I do know the mod allows me to see viewfinder information outside of the frame that I couldn't see before.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-25-2017, 05:33 AM  
Refconverter M, modification
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 4
Views: 815
The old refconverter can still be a very useful accessory, this came in various versions but the most useful models are the M and the A.
The A version which has a slightly wider field of view can be quite difficult to find on the used market and commands a higher price.
Im not sure are any optical differences between the two models but there are obvious physical differences which can be seen on the link below:

Pentax Focusing Aids

After seeing this I decided to attempt a simple modification to my Refconverter M with great success, and detail the mod below:

Firstly remove the 4 tiny screws and detach the shoe fitting assembly.
Lift out the optical block, being careful not to lose the central spindle.
Identify the 1X light tube within the optical block, (the one without a lens in it)
Remove and discard the odd shaped light baffle in the outside of the 1X tube by prising it out, it is a thin metal plate that is just glued into position.
Do not remove the circular light baffle from the inner side of the optical block, without this fitted there is a slight increase in flare through the Refconverter.
Refit optical block to Refconverer.

Using a small half round file remove the flat section in the cutout of the shoe fitting to form a complete circle.
Refit the shoe fitting to the Refconverter.

Mine works well on the cameras I have tried so far, that is Pentax K2, Pentax MX, Pentax Super A and various Canon DSLRs, each time I can see all of the viewfinder information.
Obviously it will still have the restricted view when used in the 2X position.

Second picture shows shoe fitting after modification.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-04-2017, 04:07 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 16,618
Views: 3,078,546
I can understand that, it is a fantastic lens.

Great shots.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-01-2017, 07:20 AM  
Macro takumar 50mm preset
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 1
Views: 1,137
Well I see it sold pretty quick.
Was it to someone here ?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-01-2017, 03:42 AM  
Macro takumar 50mm preset
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 1
Views: 1,137
Spotted on ebay uk, good price for an excellent lens.
Spelling mistake in title so will not be easily found in a search.

Pentax, Macro Takumer 50mm f4.0 lens | eBay

I'm not selling it, or buying it because I already have one.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-06-2016, 08:34 AM  
AF360FGZ II and Metz 52 AF-1 flashes and the K-1
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 20
Views: 2,480
I quite agree, it used to easy but sadly it has all become very confusing with different manufacturers using different standards just to pretend their flashguns are more powerful.

Even so using the figures above there is less than half a stop difference between a GN of 33 and one of 45 so it isn't really going to make a lot of difference.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-06-2016, 07:57 AM  
AF360FGZ II and Metz 52 AF-1 flashes and the K-1
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 20
Views: 2,480
You seem to be comparing different apples.

The 360 appears to deliver GN 33 with a 50mm lens covering APS-C

The 58 delivers GN 38 with a 50mm lens covering FF

If you use the "Auto zoom for sensor size" of the 58 then it delivers a GN of 45 with a 50mm lens covering APS-C

It's probably all a bit irrelevant anyway because the original post referred to the Metz 52 :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-04-2016, 11:05 AM  
Macro The Macro Frog thread
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 114
Views: 14,272
It looks young and it's difficult to tell but it could be a toad, in which case it wouldn't be very happy in a rain barrel because they don't swim very well.
Forum: General Talk 07-11-2016, 03:22 AM  
Should I upgrade to Windows 10?
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 86
Views: 4,549
I upgraded from windows 7 pro to windows 10 and wasn't impressed.
There was no driver available for my graphics card so it just ran as basic graphics and I lost a lot of the cards capabilities.
It decided that one of my printers was too old and again there was no driver so that wouldn't work at all.
Once I had disabled all of the uneccessary flashy effects that I didn't need I found I was really back to a poor imitation of windows 7 with extreme limitations.
After a month I wiped the lot and reinstalled my old windows 7 pro.

In my opinion it is a lot of hype with a lot of flashy effects that I don't need.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-11-2016, 03:06 AM  
People Portraits with Vivitar 135mm f/2.8
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 4
Views: 745
lovely shots which capture the mood very well, they could do with a bit of PP to boost contrast and brightness.

The fault that is glaringly obvious to me is why didn't you turn the camera through 90 degrees to get them in portrait mode, that way you would have cut out the uneccessary stuff at the sides and got the top of her head in the picture.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-11-2016, 02:57 AM  
Macro Bug on Stained Glass
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 1
Views: 464
Pretty good, but:

It's not a bug it's a fly.
In this case it would have been better if you had less magnification and got all of the fly in the shot, I realise with a reversed lens this can be difficult because you don't have a wide distance to work with.
Bearing in mind the restriction of the reversed lens it would be better to pick smaller flatter subjects to maximise the very small depth of field that you have.
Glass is not the ideal background and can sometimes cause odd reflections and make focusing more difficult, it would have helped if you had a solid colour behind the glass.

Even so it's not bad for a first attempt and the more you do the better you will get.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-06-2016, 12:05 PM  
Misc Postprocessing test
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 7
Views: 583
I'm using different software so I can't give you an exact answer how you can duplicate the results, but I show the workflow of each individual step below:











The adjustment at each step was made to the whole image. I would suggest that you master this sort of procedure before you try to do selective editing on parts of the image.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-06-2016, 07:20 AM  
Misc Postprocessing test
Posted By Ray-uk
Replies: 7
Views: 583
This is what I would have done.
Each pic had small adjustments to Crop,Levels,Saturation & unsharp mask.



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